The year 2014 came with the largest Ebola epidemic in histroy. We have been living its scare for many months. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, we should still learn about this serious, often fatal disease.
The risk of getting infected with the Ebola virus at a dentist office is extremely low. An Ebola infected patient only transmits the disease after symptoms appear. Those patients are always too sick to be present in public areas or to come for a dental visit.
What are the Symptoms of Ebola?
Ebola patients show fever (usually greater 101.5°F) and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising. The patient is usually too sick to go to public places.
How is the Ebola Virus Transmitted?
Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick. The Ebola virus is transmitted by:
- Direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (such as urine, feces, saliva, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.
- Direct contact with contaminated objects such as needles.
- Direct contact with infected wildlife.
- Unlike respiratory illnesses, Ebola is not transmitted through air, water or food.
Ebola Prevention At Bucktown Dental:
- We stay up to date on the latest information about risk factors, signs, symptoms.
- We follow strict infection control procedures.
- We use medical-grade computer equipment at treatment rooms that we can wash and disinfect.
- We use CDC guidelines to protect our staff.